Louis van Gaal has given updates with regards to Chris Smalling, Morgan Schneiderlin and the rest of Manchester United’s injury-hit squad.
United are currently suffering from injuries to nine first team players, with Smalling and Matteo Darmian adding to those ranks in the 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg in the Champions League in midweek.
Van Gaal says Smalling and Darmian, as well as Ander Herrera, should return soon, while Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw remain sidelined.
“I believe Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Matteo Darmian will be back before Christmas,” Van Gaal told MUTV.
“Schneiderlin is coming back so that’s not a problem but we have a list of eight players injured and Marcos Rojo has been operated on this week and it takes a long time.
“These injuries are very heavy – Shaw and Valencia have also been operated on and that’s our problem.”
Schneiderlin, who was taken off in the 0-0 draw against West Ham with a hip injury, forcing him to miss Tuesday’s clash with Wolfsburg, will return against Bournemouth.
Bastian Schweinsteiger will begin his three-match ban against the Cherries in Saturday’s late kick-off.
As Daniel Storey wrote in Big Weekend:
‘Given the injuries, Van Gaal might have to select a back four of Guillermo Varela, Daley Blind, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Paddy McNair. Good luck to all concerned.’